ALL NEWS

A hiker trapped in a whirlpool was rescued by an off-duty officer using a cord from his backpack

May 10, 2020, 3:40 PM

 

(CNN) — A quick-thinking off-duty officer helped save a 24-year-old hiker who was trapped in a whirlpool on Saturday.

The hiker apparently misjudged the swiftness of the water as he tried to cross Angel Falls in California, police said, and became trapped in the cold spring water that was flowing 50 to 80 feet per second.

Nearby, off-duty California Highway Patrol Officer Brent Donley, who is trained in search and rescue, was also hiking in the area near Bass Lake in Madera County.

Donley used a strap from his backpack and tied it around a branch so the hiker could grab it, police said. He threw the branch to the man and then talked him through the rescue, according to a video released by California Highway Patrol Fresno.

With the help of a group of other hikers, Donley pulled the man, who hasn’t been named, to safety. He provided first aid until Search and Rescue officers arrived.

“This … call could have ended very badly if not for his help,” the Madera County Sheriff’s Office, which urged visitors not to cross swift water, wrote.

Angel Falls is one of the main attractions for hikers along the Willow Creek Trail, one of the most challenging trails, according to USDA Forest Service. The trail is nearly 3-miles long and has a moderate to steep climb. According to a local travel site for Bass Lake, the Willow Creek trail is dangerous because of the slippery rocks along the path.

Today’s Top Stories

All News

The Book of Mormon Art Catalog offers users a variety of ways to conduct specific searches and to b...
Devin Oldroyd

Book of Mormon digital visual art catalog launches Monday

A digital catalog of visual art inspired by the Book of Mormon became available on Oct. 3. It features more than 2,000 pieces.
18 hours ago
Mosquitos at a Utah lab are pictured....
Britt Johnson

Uptick in mosquitos in Utah caused by recent weather and temperatures

Mosquitos in Utah have seen a growth in population thanks to recent weather. While aggressive, they are not the disease-carrying breed.
18 hours ago
Arctic Monkeys pictured performing....
Waverly Golden

Arctic Monkeys coming to Salt Lake City in 2023

The Arctic Monkeys, the English rock band, announced their 2023 tour dates and Salt Lake City made the list. 
18 hours ago
Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill...
Simone Seikaly

Salt Lake County DA will not file charges in officer-involved incident

Salt Lake County DA Sim Gill says an incident on March 17, 2022, doesn't fall into the category of an officer-involved critical incident.
18 hours ago
University of utah sign pictured, an assault off campus at a frat house is being investigated...
Becky Bruce

SLCPD investigating reported sexual assault at frat house near University of Utah

An alert went out to University of Utah faculty, staff and students saying the sexual assault happened at the Pi Kappa Alpha frat house.
18 hours ago
The Cottonwood Colts football team  (Courtesy of Deseret News)...
Chandler Holt

Cottonwood High School wins football game in bizarre fashion

There are over 14,000 high school football teams in the United States. Cottonwood High School's game against Jordan had an ending you probably haven't seen before.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Young woman receiving laser treatment...
Form Derm Spa

How facial plastic surgery and skincare are joining forces

Facial plastic surgery is not only about looking good but about feeling good too. The medical team at Form Spa are trained to help you reach your aesthetic outcomes through surgery and through skincare and dermatology, too.
large group of friends tohether in a park having fun...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

What differentiates BYU’s MBA program from other MBA programs

Commitment to service is at the heart of BYU’s MBA program, which makes it stand out among other MBA programs across the country.
a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
A hiker trapped in a whirlpool was rescued by an off-duty officer using a cord from his backpack